SAN ANTONIO — Future Ohio State offensive lineman George Fitzpatrick had a very quiet recruiting process. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle prospect out of Englewood (CO) Cherry Creek High School kept mostly to himself during the process and quietly went about his business before committing to Ohio State over the summer.
Fitzpatrick is once again flying a bit under the radar this week at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, but the four-star prospect is off to good start to his week with two days worth of impressive practices under his belt. The West team is short on offensive linemen this week and it has Fitzpatrick playing mostly at left guard so far, though he’ll be a tackle when he arrives in Columbus next week.
“I’m super excited (about joining the Ohio State program),” Fitzpatrick told BuckeyeScoop.com after Wednesday’s practice session. “I’m going to graduate early which was a big decision for me. To be a Buckeye means everything to me. Just the tradition of the football team and living up to the standard is my goal.”
Ohio State added fellow four-star offensive line prospect Carson Hinzman to the fold on Tuesday evening. Fitzpatrick and Hinzman have been lining up next to each other for the West team with Hinzman playing center. The two are hoping to get a head start on building chemistry.
“It’s been awesome, Carson is a great guy,” he explained. “Playing with Carson and then Devin (Brown) taking the snap, it’s just really cool. It’s foreshadowing the future.”
Hinzman and Fitzpatrick are of course protecting future Ohio State quarterback Devin Brown this week, who has been one of the better performers at the event through two days. Fitzpatrick and Brown have already grown pretty close.
“Devin is a great guy,” Fitzpatrick explained. “Me and Devin and Bennett (Christian) are roommates actually (at Ohio State). In my opinion, he’s the best quarterback in this class. To get him, I was a little surprised because we had such a crowded quarterback room at the time, but that really speaks volumes to his confidence and what he believes he can do.”
Check out more from Fitzpatrick including his thoughts on going against his future teammate Caden Curry, as well as what drew him to Ohio State.